I have a solo next month at Terrain Exhibitions in Oak Park, Illinois. I am working every day on making a new piece or two to install there. The theme is the same as my 2-d work: half-remembered moments from a childhood in the mining town where I grew up. I'm cutting apart and recombining older work and adding new bits as I go along.
For example, I constructed a six foot high tower out of a long cardboard box two years ago, painted and sealed the outside, and printed lithographic transfers all over the surface. I'm turning that into a box for a diorama:
I printed the same lithotransfer images on the interior and sealed it. Next, I'm cutting up other boxes and creating an industrial city-scape:
The backlighting in the photo comes from standing a small flashlight behind the flat of the tall building. One thing I have to work out before the show opens is fitting the box with switch-operated lights.
There's also going to be a small model of a miner suffering a rockfall. Here is the figure:
And here is the giant rock that will be positioned on his back. It's constructed from pliable mesh, covered with papier mache and acrylic gloss medium:
Next week, I will complete some motorised models to place inside the diorama. Altogether, it's like a stage set with moving parts from one of the stop-motion animations I made in the last three years. Here's a link to a clip from the most recent one, A History of Coal.
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